Responding When Life Gets On Top of Me


Once upon a time, I saw the land of peace

          from a mountaintop of my own making.

And it appeared to me that what I needed

to sustain me on this path was

          one more project,

          one more possession,

          one more accomplishment.

But these were detours that sent me

          deep into the land of discontent.

More projects led to too much stress.

More possessions turned into too much stuff.

More accomplishments turned into too much of me.

Then I heard that simple voice,

          still echoing in the distance:

“Follow Me.”

“Rest in my footprints.”

“Meander in my footsteps.”

“Keep me in sight as you walk the path

          to the land of peace.”

Swept up in the warm echo of that voice, I realized this:

One day, when I have learned to live as if

You are always with me,

I will move beyond

          all of my stress,

          all of my stuff,

          all of myself.

And I will taste this truth:

Each moment that I spent in Your shadow,

          I was living in the land of peace already.

— Timothy Paul Jones

And as one ancient writer put it…many centuries ago…

This is what the Lord says:

          “Stop at the crossroads and look around

          Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.

          Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.

— Jeremiah 6:16, NLT

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I live in the UK, I'm married to Janet and I'm passionate about proposing a case for the historic Christian faith. You can find me on Twitter at @stuhgray.

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